While most MMA fans are still talking about last Saturday’s UFC 116 event, Strikeforce is quietly putting together a blockbuster fight card on August 21st in Houston, Texas.
The organization announced yesterday that Bobby Lashley will compete on the card against a yet-to-be-named opponent. Lashley will be attending a press conference on Tuesday at the Toyota Center in Houston to officially announce the event.
Despite early grumblings of a potential 185-pound grand prix tournament to determine their next champion, the San Jose, Cali based promotion has announced five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will look to shoot down Tim Kennedy for the vacant middleweight crown at Strikeforce “Houston.”
Kennedy, a United States Army Special Forces sniper, has rattled off four consecutive victories. The 30-year-old submitted Trevor Prangley in the 1stRound with a vicious rear-naked choke at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” on June 16th at the Nokia Theatre, just one day before the Lakes captured their 16th NBA championship across the street at Staples Center.
Jacare owns an impressive 12-2 mixed martial arts record and is currently enjoying two-fight winning streak. The grappling ace has ended 10 of his victories via submission, so it’s clear where this BJJ black belt would prefer for this scrap to go.
A light heavyweight title bout between newly minted champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will headline the Showtime broadcast.